Praises and Prayer Requests
For the message of the
cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,
but to us who are
being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:
“I will destroy the
wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent
I will frustrate.”
Where is the wise
person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the
philosopher of this
Has not God made
foolish the wisdom of the world?
For since in the
wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not
know Him, God was
pleased through the foolishness of what was preached
to save those who
Jews demand signs and
Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ
crucified: a stumbling
block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those
whom God has called,
both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and
the wisdom of God.
For the foolishness of
God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness
of God is stronger
than human strength. Brothers and sisters, think of what
you were when you were
called. Not many of you were wise by human
standards; not many
were influential; not many were of noble birth.
But God chose the
foolish things of the world to shame the wise;
God chose the weak
things of the world to shame the strong.
God chose the lowly
things of this world and the despised things—and the
things that are not—to
nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast
before Him. It is
because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become
for us wisdom from
God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
Therefore, as it is
written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”
To have the
admiration, and adoration of people, to be wealthy in worldly
goods, to be powerful
and wise in this world is nothing, compared to the
love of God in Christ
Jesus our Lord.
I would rather be the
smallest, most inconspicuous, foolish person of God,
through Christ Jesus,
praise Him! Amen!
Let us boast together
of our Lord! Amen!
Please, pray for
Spiritual and physical wellness for all your brothers and sisters
in the Lord!
In His love, Laura
Strange enough this regulation appears, yet there was wisdom in it, for the throwing out of the disease proved that the constitution was sound. This evening it may be well for us to see the typical teaching of so singular a rule. We, too, are lepers, and may read the law of the leper as applicable to ourselves. When a man sees himself to be altogether lost and ruined, covered all over with the defilement of sin, and in no part free from pollution; when he disclaims all righteousness of his own, and pleads guilty before the Lord, then he is clean through the blood of Jesus, and the grace of God. Hidden, unfelt, unconfessed iniquity is the true leprosy; but when sin is seen and felt, it has received its deathblow, and the Lord looks with eyes of mercy upon the soul afflicted with it. Nothing is more deadly than self-righteousness, or more hopeful than contrition. We must confess that we are "nothing else but sin," for no confession short of this will be the whole truth; and if the Holy Spirit be at work with us, convincing us of sin, there will be no difficulty about making such an acknowledgment - it will spring spontaneously from our lips. What comfort does the text afford to truly awakened sinners: the very circumstance which so grievously discouraged them is here turned into a sign and symptom of a hopeful state! Stripping comes before clothing; digging out the foundation is the first thing in building - and a thorough sense of sin is one of the earliest works of grace in the heart. O thou poor leprous sinner, utterly destitute of a sound spot, take heart from the text, and come as thou art to Jesus -